Just a quick note:
Please remember that this class is not as hard as it seems. It is absolutely fast moving, in fact twice as fast as most other courses. However, the topics and material we are covering is not any harder than any other course. If you are working on a question, and it seems like it is very challenging and complicated, there is probably an easier way. Stop, and think about the strategies we have covered in class. There is usually more than one way to arrive at the correct answer, and some paths are much more difficult than others. Reread the words. Think about what we want to know. Begin with the end in mind. Once you have decided what you want to know, think about what already know. Finally, think about how to go from what you know, to what you want to know.
Always remember: THE RULES DON'T CHANGE! All of the math rules from elementary school through today apply, and do not change. Just because a problem looks different or more complicated, doesn't mean it really is.
The last bit of advice I have for you is to study and practice, even if you never had to before. A little extra practice can make a big difference. This practice should be on-going, and NOT the night before an exam. Use extra-help, use the index cards, and use www.ixl.com. These are all resources to help you find success. But, each of them will require a little extra effort on your part.
Good Luck! I am looking forward to a great year!